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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 10-04-2012 12:55 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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10-04-2012 12:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley 71 sharpening

Hey all,
Though I really like my 71s, I’ve got 2 questions: What angle should I be shooting for on the bevel? Any special techniques for sharpening? I’m using an expendable oilstone at the present, with the cutter inverted over the edge. Also, who has a preference, skew edge versus arrowhead point? I like cleaning up dadoes cut on the table saw with this tool, just not totally happy with the performance. I suspect a properly tuned edge would really make an impressive surface, I just can’t seem to get there. Thanks!

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 03:48 PM

I got a Millers Falls version of this router plane but I am new to it so haven’t really used it yet. I do see the benefit on using it to clean up the dado cuts from the table saw.

Sorry, no help with the angle business.

The question I have is this: What assurance is the blade’s edge is parallel to the base of the router? I would think how that blade sit is critical to the performance. This will ensure that the dado bottom will be parallel with the board’s surface. With the blade’s being 90 deg to the shaft I would think that the blade will have to actually sit a bit lower then the bent portion of the L shape blade in order to cut properly. So it can’t be a true 90 deg. From this perspective I would think I would prefer the skew rather the arrowhead point (from logic rather than practical experience).

It would be good if there is a post that shows us how to tune a router plane. Maybe, it already exists. We just need to search for it.

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 04:10 PM

I use a 25 deg angle on most blades for the 71s. Make sure that the back/bottom of the blade is flat with the router base. I fought that issue for a while before I discovered about .005 forward tilt. Straddle a strip of abrasive with the plane, pull backwards a stroke or two, check the scratch marks. I use all 3 styles of blades, square front, skew and hags tooth, depending on wood and usage.

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 04:18 PM

Thanks for the thread Poopiekat; i’m curious to see some of the answers you get.

Thank you for the tip ksSlim.

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 04:27 PM

hhhopsk: to confirm the blade is parallel to the plate, make a cut in some scrap going one direction, then flip the router plane around and cut it in the opposite direction in the same cut. If the blade is parallel, the second cut shouldn’t touch the bottom. If it touches, it’ll be on one side or the other, and that’s the high side.

Router plane blades aren’t true 90 degree Ls.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 02:26 PM

Thanks for all the great replies! I’m still uncertain about technique for sharpening, should I resign myself to holding the cutter by hand over the edge of the stone or sandpaper? Wow, the arrowhead cutters must be difficult, more so than the skewed or straight cutters.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 02:29 PM

I just free hand mine like you describe, but then I only have one cutter.

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 02:36 PM

PK – The current issue of Fine Woodworking (#229, pp 24-29) shows how to sharpen a router plane blade.

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 02:41 PM

Thanks, Don and Cl810! I’ve got the older issues of FWW on DVD, and nowadays only buy the issues if I see them at Safeway…but they’re usually buried behind “US” or “National Enquirer” so I gotta go fishing when I look for a current copy.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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